A Singaporean boy who had COVID-19 passed away yesterday, 27 Jun 2022. He was one-and-a-half years old.
According to a press release by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the cause of death was Encephalitis (brain inflammation) due to COVID-19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Enterovirus infections.
This is Singapore’s first death caused by COVID-19 in a patient aged below 12 years old.
Taken to Hospital for High Fever and Seizures; Tests Positive for COVID-19 and Two Other Viruses
The statement said that the boy had no other past medical history and was previously well.
He was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) Children’s Emergency Department on the night of 21 Jun with a high fever and recurrent seizures. He subsequently began losing consciousness.
He was then admitted to the Children’s Intensive Care Unit in critical condition on 22 Jun and was diagnosed with severe Meningoencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain and the meninges, which are membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
The boy’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test showed that he was positive for COVID-19 as well as two other viruses – Rhinovirus/Enterovirus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
Vaccinate Your Children
The MOH said that COVID-19 can result in severe disease, even in children and those without pre-existing medical conditions. Vaccination substantially reduces the likelihood of severe disease when one is infected.
All children aged 5 to 11 years are recommended to be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine, especially children with underlying chronic medical conditions.
“MOH, the Health Sciences Authority and the Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccination will study the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines that have been formulated for young children under the age of 5 once the dossier is submitted to us for evaluation by the manufacturers,” it added.
In the release, the MOH also extended its condolences to the patient’s family. It also mentioned that KKH is in contact with the family to provide the necessary support.